Slab building is one of the most exciting ways to make work with clay. And if you prefer more instant gratification than you can get from a wheel, slab building is a great way to go. Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download A Guide to Slab Rollers Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects, Daryl Baird shares a simple platter project from a found slump mold.
In today’s video clip, an excerpt from our latest DVD project, Clay Projects and Fundamentals: A Resource for Aspiring Clay Artists and Teachers, Neil Patterson demonstrates a stiff slab vase project. He also gives great tips for working with paper to come up with interesting designs.
In today’s post, Lisa explains her entire slab building process for her “Arrow Jars” from sketch to creating a functioning lid and flange.
Most potters do their very best to avoid cracks in their work. But some deliberately try to create cracking, and the results can be gorgeous. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new Ceramic Arts Handbook Surface Decoration Techniques, Eric Seritella explains how he creates beautifully textured trays by heating and stretching rough slabs of clay. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
If you’d like to make a large platter that isn’t round, using a slab and a slump mold can be just the ticket. Ben Carter makes this mold with insulating foam board, and creates a lovely undulating rim with sewn fabric pouches. Next Ben shares how he decorates the platter with slip, underglaze, and sgraffito, discussing subtle details like placement of motifs to move the eye around the composition to contrasting shiny surfaces with matt. Watching these techniques it is easy to imagine different ways to personalize them – the sky’s the limit!
If you love slab building, but have trouble figuring out how to flat slab to volumetric form, today’s video clip from Liz Zlot Summerfield might help solve the mystery. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, Liz shows how to take a simple paper cup and turn it into a pattern for a handbuilt juice cup.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
In today’s post, an excerpt from his book From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains how to make templates and use them to create slab-built bowls. A great benefit of this is that if you make them with a sturdy material like card stock or laminated paper, you can use them over and over.
In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.